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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
History, science, and geography are alongside practical information like finance, how to change a tire, and public speaking.
All subjects are for everyone, and a little curiosity and initiative go a long way.
Positive Role Models
Lots of successful women on these pages remind readers that it's never too late to learn something new, and there's no need to be afraid to try.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Daring Book for Girls, by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, is a fun, empowering collection of historical info, building and crafts, science, sports, and life skills like tips for public speaking. The title is catchy, but just like The Dangerous Books for Boys, this book is for everyone, the topics are for all genders and ages. More advanced readers will learn some great vocabulary specific to each topic, and the illustrations, charts, and graphic instructions throughout help readers of all levels. The variety of topics offers endless fun ways to pry readers from their screens to make, builds, and learn with their hands. On the topic of boys, the advice here is that whether boys are friends, dates, or not on their radar, readers should treat everyone with respect and expect to be treated with the same.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining book is packed with information and projects for kids to try -- and not just girls. With plenty of illustrations to guide them, more advanced readers can do most of these projects on their own; younger readers might need some adult help working out how to build a peg board game or getting the vinegar-to-baking-soda ratio right for a volcano. Like The Double Dangerous Book for Boys, The Daring Book for Girls offers something for everyone's areas of interest while leaning heavily on bits of nostalgia (roller skating, campfire songs, handclap games, and lemonade stands) that are still a part of childhood.
The list of daring things to try is pretty tame ("dye your hair purple") but the reasoning behind that tameness will resonate ("sometimes the scariest thing is just being a little bit different.").
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